May 19, 2014
Agaves and sansevieria with a cycad
It has a western exposure, so it gets hot, but it gets some shade from the olive tree, and shade from the house, in the late afternoon. So, it's not really the *fires of hell*, but it's pretty rough going for plants in the summer.
As you can see, I have planted different species of miniature agaves. And that's a sansevieria (a type of *snake plant*) in the center. Right now I'm not convinced of the little agave that the Moai is frowning at. Hopefully I will be able to replace it with an aloe. This area will also need more pointy rocks, and river rocks, to help fill in the spaces as the plants grow in. By the way, be double-dog sure of the species of agave that you are planting. Only get the types that stay very small, and grow slowly, like the Agave Colorata (the silver-grey ones) and the Agave potatorum cv Kichijokan (that's the tiny yellow and green one). Not sure what the exact name of the one is that the Moai is frowning at, but I've had it in a pot for years and it stays pretty tiny. Besides, I'm gonna replace it with an aloe. Go to a respectable nursery and ask which agaves stay small. A good clue is a ridiculously high price for a big one. If it's cheap, it grows fast and gets big, and you don't want it.
Hopefully this *failure* area will look better soon!
Posted by Brad Hall